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Ethnicity and crime

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 117

Satyanshu Mukherjee
ISBN 0 642 24098 1 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 1999


Recent criminological literature shows that socioeconomic disadvantage and disorganised communities contribute to a neighbourhood's crime problem. The literature also shows that new immigrants may suffer these disadvantages and inherit disorganised communities more often than others. This paper provides a brief analysis of the quality, reliability and content of research and currently available statistics on ethnicity and crime in Australia, and suggests methods of improving knowledge on the relationship of ethnicity to crime.